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Loosening purse strings

Loosening purse strings

James Barty, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant on Financial Policy, argues that the drive to increase banks’ capital ratios is harming recovery and that the process should be slowed, if not reversed in some cases.

Why for-profit companies should take over weak schools

Why for-profit companies should take over weak schools

James O’Shaughnessy, author of recent Policy Exchange report Competition Meets Collaboration on ways to tackle failing schools in the UK, argues that failing schools should join successful Academy chains to drive up standards. If this is ineffective, then he suggests education management organisations, including both profit and not-for-profit, should take on the running of these schools.

Low carbon and lower bills — Can the circle be squared?

Low carbon and lower bills — Can the circle be squared?

Simon Less, Senior Consultant for Regulatory Policy at Policy Exchange, argues that it is hard to predict what the best and cheapest carbon technologies will be to reduce carbon emmissions and lower carbon bills, and stresses that the design of policy needs to reflect this.

A chain reaction that would fix Britain’s failing schools

A chain reaction that would fix Britain’s failing schools

James O’Shaughnessy, former Head of Policy for No. 10 and author of recent Policy Exchange report Competition Meets Collaboration, argues that following the new Ofsted inspection scheme, an increasing number of schools in Britain will be told they are failing. James suggests new ways to tackle this problem, including creating more academy chains.

Head to Head: Local pay, Local Growth

Head to Head: Local pay, Local Growth

Ed Holmes, Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Welfare at Policy Exchange, argues that rebalancing public sector pay and pensions so that they are in line with that of equivalent workers in the private sector would save £6.3 billion a year in public spending.

The Conservatives can be the new workers’ party

The Conservatives can be the new workers’ party

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien argues that the Prime Minister must ignore calls from some of his backbenchers to lurch to the right and instead focus on building a narrative that focuses on Blue Collar modernisation. He says that the Tories must start appealing to low income earners and ethnic minority voters.

A third runway? Yes, and a fourth too, please

A third runway? Yes, and a fourth too, please

Tim Leunig, Chief Economist at Centre Forum and author of Policy Exchange’s recent report Bigger and Quieter, sets out the case for building four new runways to the west of Heathrow, doubling the airport’s current aviation capacity. He also lays out ways in which the airport layout can be changed to make the experience far more convenient.

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